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Robert Davies | Norris Ward McKinnon

Robert Davies

Senior Associate

Practice Areas

Robert is a Senior Associate in the firm's Commercial Disputes & Employment team, and specialises in all aspects of employment and resource management law (including alcohol licensing), with a particular focus on contentious matters.

Robert has experience acting for large and small employers and senior/executive employees, as well as applicants, objectors, appellants and respondents, local councils, public sector institutions, and large corporates. His clients say they value his sound judgement and calm demeanour at what can be inherently stressful times.

He is an Associate member of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, the Resource Management Law Association, and he sits on the employment law committee of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty branch of the New Zealand Law Society. Robert is also an author for LexisNexis, a global provider of legal information to governments and professionals, in the field of alcohol licensing law.

In his spare time, Robert volunteers at Community Law Waikato, and lectures in employment law and alternative dispute resolution at The University of Waikato.

Examples of Robert’s experience include:
- Advising a large publicly-listed corporation to resolve contentious employment relationship problems involving discipline, performance management, and workplace change processes.

- Advising a large not-for-profit on a range of resource management issues, including plan changes, designations, and the impact of nearby works, including appearing at hearings.

- Acting on behalf of applicants for, and objectors to, contentious alcohol licensing applications – both before district licensing committees and on appeal to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority and High Court.

- Defending individuals and organisations charged with offences against the Employment Relations Act, Resource Management Act, and the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act.

- Representing and advising companies and individuals during regulatory investigations, including by the Labour Inspectorate and WorkSafe.